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VW gives details of new engines

2009-05-14 14:48

Volkswagen has unveiled details about smaller and more potent powertrains with the new 1.2-liter TSI and 1.6-liter TDI engines. These new engines are destined for the Golf and Polo.

The latest addition to VW’s TSI engine family is the 1.2-liter turbocharged and direct injected inline-four engine. Despite its small capacity this engine develops 77 kW with a claimed average fuel consumption of 5.5 litres / 100km.

The other new engine is the 1.6-liter TDI diesel unit, which will serve as the basis for all of VW's future four-cylinder diesel engines.

It will be available in various levels of power, starting with 55kW for the Polo, while the higher-powered variants will thrust out 66kW and 77kW respectively.

Volkswagen is also planning a new three-cylinder TSI engine, which has recently been confirmed by the carmaker’s development chief Ulrich Hakenberg.

Although development is still top secret, Hakenberg has been quoted as saying the new engine has a "great future" and hinted at the potential for a three-cylinder Golf. He also hinted at an electric version of the Golf.

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